Friday, November 2, 2012

Strawberry Spinach Salad

I forgot to take a picture of this when I made it the other day, so I borrowed this picture from

This is one of my family's favorite, favorite, favorite salads that I make.  My grandpa asked for the recipe and has made it several times, and then he gave the recipe to my aunt, who has made it several times.  It's really delicious.  I originally got the recipe from the book Barbeques:  Parties and Potlucks.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serves 8

1 bag baby spinach leaves
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, peeled, diced
1 package slivered almonds
4 Tbsp sugar

1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sweet rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. minced onion (the spice)

Arrange spinach leaves, strawberries, and avocado in bowl.  In skillet, caramelize almonds by cooking in fry pan with 4 Tbsp sugar until sugar melts and coats almonds.  Cool and stir.  Sprinkle over salad.  Combine all dressing ingredients in separate bowl and add just before serving.

*  Note - a little bit of this dressing goes a long way.  For an average bag of spinach leaves, I only used half of what this dressing recipe yields.